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Analysis and comments on Morning Song by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 7 of 137, added on September 18th, 2005 at 4:27 PM.

I don't think that plath is showing the proper emotion for a new mother.
She is not excited to parent this child. That is readily aparent in the
third stanza. Plath was a very disturbed poet that committed suicide and
not far after the birth of her second child. it is not only prevalent in
this poem but in many of Plath's other poems, that she was not fond of the
mother child relationship.

kenalia from Ethiopia
Comment 6 of 137, added on September 8th, 2005 at 8:10 AM.

The poem “Morning Song” by Sylvia Plath deals with motherhood. The poem is
about the birth and of the speakers’ baby and some of the events following
it. Plath uses metaphors to describe the connection between the people,
particularly between mother and child. She uses each of the five stanzas to
convey a different message about parenthood to the reader
The speaker shows right in first line of the poem the love she has for her
newborn baby “Love set you going like a fat gold watch”. This shows that
the speaker loves her baby as soon as she is born, and that she was brought
into this world being deeply loved by her mother. The metaphor of the fat
gold watch shows that the baby is precious to the mother and is valuable.
It also shows how it was love that started the baby’s life, as you wind up
a watch to get it going.
Plath describes the baby as a new statue in a drafty museum. By this it
makes the reader visualise friends and family standing around in the
hospital room looking at the new object, statue, in the room that is the
baby. The use of the word statue to describe the baby also makes the reader
see the baby as an emotionless figure, not actually considered to be a
human being yet, as it is different from everybody else. Plath says, “your
nakedness Shadows our safety” which also alienates the baby from the rest
of the group as it is naked and everybody else is presumably fully clothed.

In the third stanza Plath tries to project to the reader how mother and
child move apart from each other after childbirth. The first line of the
stanza simply states, “I’m no more your mother”. This shows that the
speaker feels that the baby is less ‘hers’ than when the child was still in
her womb. The rest of the stanza is a metaphor showing that she feels like
a cloud looking down on her shadow or reflection, that is her baby and now
the wind is slowly pushing the cloud away, the wind of time pulling the
speaker away from her baby. The connection that mother and baby once shared
is weakening.
The speaker tells the reader how she stays awake at night listening to her
baby breathe, maybe as a kind of reassurance that her baby is still alive
and nothing bad has happened to it. This really shows the love that the
mother has for her child. She cannot bear the thought of anything bad
happening to her baby, the only way she is at ease is when she can hear the
baby’s breath and knows that while it is breathing it is still all right.
The mother cares for her baby so much that she cannot sleep she needs to be
there with her child at all times, as it is her duty.
Plath continues to convey to the reader in the fifth stanza how devoted
she is to her baby. “One cry, and I stumble from my bed,” For most mothers
if their baby starts crying in the night and they know nothings is wrong,
they probably would just try and ignore it for a while and see if it stops
and goes back to sleep. Plath shows in this stanza that she is not most
mothers. If the baby just cries once, if it be for food or just wants
attention, she will be there. She does not want to leave her baby alone or
in need for one second she does not want it feeling neglected or unloved.
One cry and she is there.
The final sentence of the poem is one of the most powerful in the poem
“And now you try” it is like she is challenging you. Commanding any
doubters of her efforts to do the same. She shows how it is not easy being
a new and loving mother, completely devoting yourself to your child twenty
four hours a day, seven days a week.
To conclude, I feel that this poem shows the different experiences a new
mother and baby must go through after childbirth. It explores the different
bonds between mother and child and also looks into how the rest of the
inner circle of family and friends seem to be there but not really matter,
as the most important thing to a new mother is her baby and the poem shows
perfectly how at that time is her life, nothing was more important.

Thomas Beviss from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 137, added on August 16th, 2005 at 2:40 PM.

Plath killed herself shortly after writing this poem. She was not happy
with her relationship with her husband and believed that he was not
faithful to her. The birth of this child was not celebrated by Plath and
eventually miscarried. I would have to say that the poem showed how dark
and hopeless she ound her life.

Brandon from United States
Comment 4 of 137, added on July 27th, 2005 at 1:20 AM.

This poem is about a new born baby and her mother trying to come to terms
with caring for her properly. The persona explored by Plath is that of a
fraustrated and confused woman unable to fully grasp the idea of being a
mother. This peom although quite stark in some of its comparisons has an
optimistic and uplifting end, which is very fitting to the life of a child.

Jess from Australia
Comment 3 of 137, added on June 24th, 2005 at 11:27 PM.

mother has to cope with change,accept it. Poem shows energy of baby,lost in

shell from Australia
Comment 2 of 137, added on June 7th, 2005 at 12:32 AM.

The title does not fit to the tone of the poem, Morning should be full with
hopes, is a new begginning of a day, and song should be quite
light-hearted, while read through the whole poem, found that sylvia plath
is talking about a new born child, but from her tone seems likie she
doesn't celebrating the new born baby, as she says it is a new statue in a
drafty museum, I'm no more your mother than the cloud that distills a
mirror to reflect its own slow... she draws a parallel line with herself as
a mother to a cloud, as in she is like a cloud, destroy herself in order to
bring up the baby, she has a very new experience in ca child, and the baby
is her focus of attention, she annot sleep wel in the night and one cry of
the baby will cause her fall from bed, as overall her tone is not
celebrating and she's just doing her job to bring up her child, nothing
more than that.

kim from Italy
Comment 1 of 137, added on November 24th, 2004 at 3:36 PM.

Sylvia Plath is writing about the birth of a child. The title correlates
to the poem maily by the fact that once the child is born he/she is
constantly crying, therefor waking the mother of the child up very early in
the morning. The child's cry is refered to musical notes, which led to be
believe that was the "Morning Song."

Michelle from Armenia

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Morning Song
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1961
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jul 11 2006

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